Milos Raonic continued his rise up the rankings when he demolished compatriot Vasek Pospisil 6-1 6-4 in the final of the Citi Open in Washington.
The 23-year old big serving Canadian, featuring in his first tournament since his semi-final appearance at Wimbledon, needed just over an hour to register his sixth ATP Tour win and first of the season.
The victory sees the him move back up to sixth in the rankings, just 35 points behind Tomas Berdych and another good showing this week in Toronto at the Rogers Cup will see him move ahead of Berdych leading up to US Open.
Raonic was in a confident mood after his victory, expressing his delight at moving back up to his career high ranking of sixth.
"That number I have beside my name is no coincidence and I would not be surprised if that number gets smaller," Raonic said.
"I started taking that anger and disappointment and using it," said Raonic. "There's still a certain pain and discomfort. To change things around, it's good.
"But there's still a fire in me because of how I played that match."
Raonic against Pospisil final highlights
The Yugoslavian born Raonic backed up his big serving reputation with 83 aces in Washington, the sort of serving form that will stand him in good stead leading up to and during the final Slam of the season at Flushing Meadows in New York, although he believes the best is yet to come from his key weapon.
"It can improve a lot more, not only the serve but how I back the serve up," Raonic said.
"It gives me a lot of confidence and a lot of understanding," he said. "I'm really excited. For that to be showing up right away is great."
Raonic went on to stress the winning mindset he believes he is currently in.
"Now I go into every tournament for the next few months believing I can win every tournament," he said.
"Then it had to be specific tournaments. Now I believe I can win any tournament."
Next stop for Raonic is Toronto, a tournament that will provide a sterner test for the 23-year old Canadian considering the likes of Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Wawrinka will all be featuring.
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